[Michaella Biron (Colebrook, NH) sets up for a free throw]
Concord, NH –Michaella Biron a native of Colebrook, New Hampshire netted her 1000th collegiate point on Wednesday as the NHTI Lynx fell to the Bristol CC Bayhawks 98-81. Biron, a two sport athlete has averaged 19.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a game over her three-season basketball career. This season Biron is averaging 23.3 points a game which is good for fourth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and second in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC). Biron secured the 1000th point at the free-throw line with 1:45 on the clock in the second quarter. Overall Biron tallied 26 points (9-24 FG, 2-10 3-FG, 6-6 FT) four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in the contest. Mary Grzanna (Sunapee, NH) contributed 14 points (5-18 FG, 3-9 3-FG, 1-4 FT), 15 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Olivia Langevin (Epsom, NH) added 13 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3-FG, 5-7 FT), 12 rebounds, and seven assists. The Lynx shot 31.8% (27-85) from the field, 22% (9-41) from three and 62.1% from the free-throw line in the loss.
Concord, NH – On Friday night the United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced All-American honors for the fall season and nine NHTI student-athletes received recognition.
USCAA Women’s Soccer All-American First Team:
Maura Hart (Fitzwilliam, NH) – Maura Hart has been a key player on this NHTI team once again this year. Hart has been a major factor in the success this year. Hart had a tremendous year ranking tied for first in goals (15) in the YSCC and leading the conference in assists (7). Hart was also named a member of the YSCC All-Conference Team as well as being named the YSCC Player of the Year for the third-straight year. “As a captain she is always available to her teammates as well as the coaching staff. She is an amazing young woman who is all about team”, replied NHTI Head Coach Heidi Crockett on Maura Hart.
Asia Grace Hanson (Loudon, NH) – Asia Grace Hanson was the defensive anchor for the Lynx this season. As a freshman she started every game this season and was a big reason NHTI did not allow a lot of goals this season. NHTI Head Coach Heidi Crockett had this to say about Hanson “She makes her teammates want to work harder as she is a natural leader who leads by example. When she says something people listen, even the older girls on the team, because when she speaks, it is for a positive, instructive reason.”
USCAA Women’s Soccer All-American Honorable Mention:
Kaylyn Storozuk (Newbury, NH) – Kaylyn Storozuk was another freshman with an impressive season. Storozuk had five goals and four assists as well as being named to the YSCC All-Conference Team. A tremendous player in the center of the field controlled the game for NHTI this season.
USCAA Men’s Soccer All-American Second Team:
Fiston Kapongo (Dover, NH) – Fiston Kapongo starred in his first collegiate action, winning the YSCC Player of the Year and being tied in conference in scoring (15). Kapongo was an explosive forward all year long and in most cases bringing the energy from off the bench for the Lynx. Kapongo came in the clutch often for NHTI scoring four game winning scores leading the YSCC and being one of the reasons he was named a USCAA All-American.
USCAA Soccer All-Academic All-American:
Brandon Crawford (Colebrook, NH), Andre Sturgeon (Moultonborough, NH), Betty Jane Weir (Chichester, NH), Sarah Morin (Concord, NH), Hannah Pelerin (Boscawen, NH)
CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI Athletic Department celebrated the first ever Hall of Fame class with an induction ceremony on Friday, September 20. The class of former coaches, athletes and special contributors to NHTI Athletics celebrated with a special ceremony on the beautiful NHTI campus with a crowd of 175 family, friends and guests. A cocktail reception was followed by the induction ceremony with every inductee receiving a commemorative plaque, special gift and DVD of the ceremony.
The 15 inductees included Katie Stockton (women’s soccer/Claremont), Luke Merrill (baseball/Pittsburg), Mel (Keeler) Crane (women’s softball/Concord), Nick Papamichael (men’s soccer/Raymond), Robert Bechard (men’s basketball/Manchester), Lauren (Daniels) Last (women’s basketball/Concord), Austin Fox (Hooksett/Golf), Katie (O’Connell) Lacey (volleyball/Northwood), Chris “Speedy” Lawes (men’s basketball/Peterborough), Nacho Hernando (Cross Country/Spain), Shalynn (Napolitano) Ouellette (softball/Lawrence, Mass), Andrew Bird (men’s soccer/Hollis), Heather Searles (cross country/Henniker), Coach Steve Ambra (women’s soccer) and Coach Don Welford (men’s soccer).
Stockton was an inaugural member of the very first USCAA Hall of Fame in 2017. Searles won a National Championship in women’s cross country in 2008 held at Southern Virginia University. Lawes was a member of the 2005 USCAA D-2 National Championship men’s basketball team.
Hernando, Bird and Ouellette all sent in video clip acceptances that were included in the ceremony. Hernando lives in Miami, Florida, Bird in Dorsett, England and Ouellette in Bakersfield, California.
“Our first ceremony celebrating a fantastic collection of athletes and coaches was amazing” says Paul Hogan who served as the night’s master of ceremonies. “Their many contributions, athletic exploits and careers have left a distinct legacy at NHTI. This was a glorious night to celebrate this special group of inductees”